Fainting is a common problem accounting for 1-3% of emergency department visits and 6% of hospital admissions in the U.S. each year.1
- Occurs when blood pressure drops and limits oxygen to the brain
- May also be called “passing out,” “blackout” or “syncope”
- Usually lasts only a few minutes, but may be followed by a period of confusion
- Affects all age groups and sometimes occurs in healthy people
- Can be a sign of an underlying medical condition
Heart monitoring can help determine if an arrythmia or irregular heartbeat is at the root of the problem.
While helping a patient one day, Gail felt intense pressure in her head. As she moved toward a chair to sit down, she fainted.READ GAIL’S STORY
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- Morag R, Brenner B. Syncope. Medscape. April 16, 2014. Accessed November 10, 2015. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/811669-overview#a5